Psalm 124 – RE-worded and applied specifically to me

If the LORD had not been on my side – [watching over me from my mother’s womb; all of my life]

Let everything within me say, if the LORD had not been on my side – [giving me grace and mercy to endure my childhood]

When people hurt me – [when so many people hurt me and those I loved]

They would have swallowed me alive – [they would have won through the pain I endured]

The flood would have engulfed me – [my many years of abuse, neglect and abandonment would have led me to drown in sorrow and anger]

The torrent would have swept over me – [I would have never been able to hear GOD]

The raging waters would have swept me away – [the rage and unforgiveness would have kept me from any trust in GOD]

Praise be to the LORD Who has not let me be torn by their teeth – [Thank You LORD for not letting them be the death of me]

I have escaped like a bird out of the fowler’s snare – [I become more and more free from the enemy’s lies and schemes]

My help is in the Name of the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth – [The LORD’s Name comforts me and gives me sweet peace because He knows all of my ways and loves me still]

— May His joy and my joy in Him be my strength —

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Guilty or Not Guilty

When you go into a court of law, you get two pleas. Guilty or not guilty. You’re told to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Because we’re human and in a human court there is the “addition” of not guilty by reason of such and such. Guilty, but legally justified in the eyes of man.

However, with God there is no such thing as guilty but justified.

Jesus said that if you deny Him in front of man, He will deny you in front of the Father. In Revelation it says the saints confessed with their mouth and did not love their lives unto death.

With regard to confession and denial, they are the same as guilty or not guilty in the eyes of God.

To deny is to not confess, lie or lie by omission.

According to the definitions below there either is confession or denial.

It’s difficult sometimes as a Christian to confess this to someone if we know as soon as it’s said the person will discredit anything said thereafter. However, the Bible says specifically to confess. There is no account in the scriptures of someone who claimed to be a Christian going to teach about Jesus and not saying they were His follower. Anything less than full disclosure is lying. Worse yet, subterfuge. If we try to minister to, or share the Gospel with, someone and do not at the onset say we believe in Jesus as God, then we are being deceitful.

It sounds harsh, but God said no liars will inherit the Kingdom of God.  Neither will cowards, the vile, idolaters, those who are sexually immoral, etc.

We must be prepared to be rejected, especially because of Jesus. But if we believe in Jesus as God, then we live by His truth of not lying and will confess Him before man, even if it ends up the person(s) automatically discredits what we say.

con·fess

1.to acknowledge or avow by way of revelation.
2.to own or admit as true:
3.to declare or acknowledge (one’s sins), especially to God or a priest in order to obtain absolution.
4.(of a priest) to hear the confession of (a person).
5.to acknowledge one’s belief or faith in; declare adherence to.

de·ny

1.to state that (something declared or believed to be true) is not true: to deny an accusation.
2.to refuse to agree or accede to: to deny a petition.
3.to withhold the possession, use, or enjoyment of: to denyaccess to secret information.
4.to withhold something from, or refuse to grant a request of:
5.to refuse to recognize or acknowledge; disown; disavow;repudiate: to deny one’s gods.